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Piercing Aftercare

Body piercing aftercare

Aftercare is all about hygiene. Every day while your piercing heals, clean it with a saline solution for a few minutes at a time, morning, afternoon and evening, at minimum. Saline water is a water that contains dissolved salts. Using sterile saline solution to clean wounds is one of the most common cleansing methods used by hospitals because it's a nontoxic isotonic solution. It will prevent bacteria build-up and infection without harming the healthy cells regenerating around your piercing.The products you use on your piercing are not what makes it heal— they only keep the piercing clean while your body works to heal it. Do not think of your cleaning solution as miracle cure, because it isn’t. Saline solutions should be used to irrigate your piercing, but it is the action of flushing out the wound that helps healing, not the saline itself.


 Sterile Saline Fine Mist Sprays

 Sterile saline solutions are a convenient, portable cleaning option. While rinsing with saline solution doesn’t promote increased blood flow to the area the way that a warm soak does, it does provide a quick cleaning fix if you’re at work, travelling, or someplace where soaking isn't possible we would recommend NeilMed® saline solution fine mist.

*****We recommend cleaning your new piercing with NeilMed saline solution fine mist. Spray directly onto the new piercing from approx 10 cm away. No touching or turning the jewellery. Rinse 2 - 3 times per day: Thoroughly wash your hands, Spray your piercing’s entrance and exit holes with NeilMed saline solution then wipe away any crusty discharge from the jewellery with a sterile non-woven swab soaked with saline solution,

Pat the piercing dry with sterile non-woven swabs. If the skin around your piercing feels hot or tight between applications, spray it again.

Ideally: you should also do two full 5 minute soaks with NeilMed saline solution fine mist spray or homemade sea salt solution twice a day during the first few weeks after getting pierced or for 1 to 2 weeks after developing an irritation. Just saturate a sterile non-woven swab with saline solution, apply it to your piercing for 30 seconds or so, dispose and repeat the process until you've soaked your piercing for a full 5 minutes.

 Oral rinse..

After you smoke, eat, or drink anything besides bottled water, rinse for 30 to 60 seconds with NeilMed saline solution (if you have high blood pressure, you may need to limit this and use bottled or distilled water instead. Ask your doctor.)This will clean your piercing and will also minimise the white discharge that forms around the jewellery and helps eliminate the residue of smoking. Drinking ice water can be very helpful. 

Elevating your head with an extra pillow while you sleep can also help with swelling. Please avoid any activity that would result in someone else’s body fluid getting into the piercing, including sharing food or beverages. After the swelling has gone down return to the studio for your

 jewellery downsized. Tongue piercing is the only piercing were the bar change is included in the initial price all other piercing will be subject to a fee depending on jewellery.*****

 Warm Sea Salt Soaks:

 The single best thing you can do for your piercing is to keep up a regular regimen of salt water soaks. These flush out the piercing, help to draw out discharge, stimulate blood circulation, and soothe irritations. We strongly suggest soaking your piercing at least twice a day— more often if healing is difficult. Make a soaking solution by mixing sea salt and distilled water. Use pure sea salt (non-iodised) and not table salt, which contains extra chemicals that can irritate your piercing. Make sure your salt-to- water ratio is correct. A stronger or weaker solution is not better and may actually harm your piercing. It’s often easiest to mix it up a large quantity and keep it in the fridge. Cold soaks can be soothing for the first few days after, heat as needed to make a warm salt-water soak. Mix according to the table below (use measuring spoons and cups for accuracy). Also saline medical pods can be used and our more clinical, use by heating the pod up in a cup of hot water then placing contents in a sterile glass, press the glass against your skin to form a seal, and hold it over your piercing for five minutes or until the water cools. For piercings like nostrils, ears, nipples, and some intimate piercings, the entire body part should be submerged in the solution.



1/4 Teaspoon - 1 Cup (8 oz.)0.237 litres

1 Teaspoon - 1 Quart (32 oz 0.946 litres

4 Teaspoons - 1 Gallon 4.546 litres

1/4 Cup (Approx.) - 1 Bathtub


Most piercings are started with jewellery that is a little longer or larger in diameter to accommodate for both cleaning and swelling. Downsizing simply means moving to a shorter/smaller piece of jewellery. Downsizing is critical to the health and success of the piercing. We recommend downsizing in about 2 - 6 weeks after the initial swelling has gone down. 

 Problems? Questions?

Most problems are NOT infections. Please do not hesitate to contact Steelhybrid Tattoo and Piercing studio for free consultations whenever you have the slightest concern.

 What to Avoid:

Avoid touching your piercing with unwashed hands. Contamination of the piercing site from touching with unwashed hands can result in infection!

Do not remove your jewellery during the healing process, unless instructed to do so by a medical professional. Even healed piercings will shrink when jewellery is removed, potentially resulting in loss of the piercing. Prevent makeup, health and beauty products, suntan lotion and other cosmetics from touching the piercing site or jewellery. It is important to avoid swimming while healing a new piercing. Swimming can result in infected or irritated piercings. Do not rotate, twist, or turn jewellery while healing. This damages your piercing channel.  

Harsh chemicals, including “natural” aftercare products like tea tree oil, are suggested against. We only recommend sterile Wound Wash Saline, containing two ingredients: water and 0.9% sodium chloride.

 When to Seek Medical Assistance:

While infection is rare, it is absolutely essential to seek professional medical assistance at the very first sign of infection. Symptoms include: sudden onset of swelling, excessive bleeding or discharge of yellow, green, or dark coloured fluid. Some redness is normal, but excessive 

redness and/or red stripes coming from the piercing site are indicative of serious problems. Fever, upset stomach, dizziness, or vomiting may also be signs of infection. Should any of these symptoms occur, immediately contact a doctor or medical professional.

 Jewellery Info:

The following information is intended it as a quick reference guide to help you remove and replace jewellery when fully healed or to have a understanding of how the jewellery works, jewellery should stay in place until the piercing is fully healed unless downsized but in the rare cases where there are no other options but to remove the jewellery: proper removal is essential to minimise trauma.

How to use a captive ring:

The ball does not screw in, it’s held with tension, its easy to hold one side of the ring by finger and thumb and place your other finger in the same place as the first finger but on opposite side and use you thumb to push out the ball, we use ring opening pliers to make this easier, To insert it’s easiest to place one indent of the bead on one side of the ring and pull the ring onto the other indent.

How to use fixed bead or continuous rings:

Rings should be opened by s-bending along the centre of the ring. Remember the side your pushing or pulling to open, should be the same side you push or pull back.

Threaded jewellery:

Hold the back securely; gloves can help!  anti-clockwise to loosen and clockwise to tighten. Check the tightness daily to help prevent losing jewellery. Remember doing circular barbells in your own septum yourself are technically upside down so opposite action may apply.

 Threadless jewellery.

Gently bend or kink your threadless end. This tension holds the end in place. You may even hear a faint snap as it locks into place. To remove, pull the end and the post in opposite directions.


Metal jewellery will not effect visibility on an MRI or X-Ray but will produce a small opaque discoloration. Body jewellery is always non-magnetic and therefore create no issue with MRI scans unless it is directly located in the region of inspection. However metal jewellery will interfere with CT scans but appropriate non-metal jewellery can be worn without issue. Removal of jewellery for such examinations can result in the closure or shrinkage of the fistula channel in the piercing making reinsertion painful, difficult or impossible, we recommend getting back to us as soon as possible and we can reopen with the least amount of discomfort.

Jewellery and service fees will apply.